… to the Colorado Springs area chapter of the National Audubon Society.

We’d like to invite you to our next meeting! We offer free programs of interest to nature fans of all ages. Everyone is welcome. You can also find current information about upcoming birding trips, and/or plan to attend another birding event. Check our other links for helpful information, recent sightings, more birding opportunities, and ways you can get involved as an Aiken volunteer and/or citizen scientist. Interested? Click to learn more about Aiken Audubon. Finally, don’t miss our March/April newsletter, the Aikorns! We hope to see you soon.

News Flash: Help is desperately needed Saturdays March 21 and/or April 4 in clearing a huge pile of tumbleweeds (over 20 feet in some places) from Chico Basin Ranch. Click here for more information, how to sign up, and what to bring.

Aiken News

  • There are still a few 2015 Birds of Colorado calendars available, now at a discounted rate of $6 each. This year’s theme is “Marshes, Rivers, and Lakes.” All the photos are by Aiken birders. This full color, ready-to-hang calendar makes a great gift, and you can give it year after year! All the proceeds go to support bird conservation and education through Aiken Audubon.
  • We’re adding new field trips all the time.
  • Our free programs continue Wednesday, April 15, with Identifying Gulls” presented by John Drummond. Mail off your taxes, then come forget about the IRS and focus on Larids instead! Hope to see you there!
  • Updates are constantly being added to our Conservation News page. Many require immediate action. More opportunities are found in the Citizen Science section. Don’t miss your opportunity to make a difference.
  • Aiken Audubon is seeking an Education Chair. This would be an opportunity to work with fellow board members and other volunteers to develop programs to be used in presentations at schools, scout groups, various club meetings, etc. Contact Aiken President, Christine Bucher at (719) 596-2916 for more information on this position or to volunteer.
  • Do you blog about birds? Tell us about your blog, then check out our ever-growing list of Aiken Audubon bird bloggers!

Look for the Aiken Audubon Society on Facebook. Wes, our Western Screech Owl mascot, will keep you updated with all the latest happenings, as well as photos and plenty of comments. See you there!

Birding News


  • Save the date. The first annual Pikes Peak Birding and Nature Festival is coming May 8 through 10! Enjoy field trips, seminars by our own “Bug Eric” Eaton and , Dr. Brian Linkhart, and a wide assortment of workshops geared for all ages and abilities. Keynote speaker Ted Floyd will keep us on the edges of our seats following Saturday evening’s banquet.  Learn more at PikesPeakBirdingAndNatureFestival.org.
  • Plate-12,-Baltimore-Oriole-final_1-001For J.J. Audubon lovers: The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, which has the largest collection of John James Audubon prints in Colorado, is planning a major exhibition of his work (“A Naturalist & an Artist”), paired with paintings by Denver artist Kevin Sloan, March 7-May 31. They’re planning birding tours and other birding events during the exhibition. For more info, go to csfineartscenter.org.
  • National Audubon has released their new report on birds and climate change. You can see their conclusions on their website.
  • 10 Things You Can Do For Birds: Plant a garden. Be a citizen scientist. Join “Lights Out.” Your steps can make a difference. Learn more…
  • Did you know that National Audubon has a Raptor Map? This interactive map includes everything from raptor rehab facilities and Audubon nature centers to great places for hawk and eagle watching. Add your favorite raptor spot, share photos and leave tips for other birders. Learn more on our Local Birding page, or go directly to the map website.

Photos of the Moment

Have a photo you want to share? Send it to us at  AikenAudubon@gmail.com for possible inclusion here.

Here are a few pictures from a recent trip to Fountain Creek Nature Center.

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Belted Kingfisher, male

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There’s no lack of Canada Geese this time of year!

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Hooded Mergansers